Saint Magnus of Orkney

Saint Magnus of OrkneyAlso known as

  • Magnus Erlendsson of Orkney
  • Magnus Erlendsson
  • Magnus the Martyr
  • Mans…



Born to a Viking family, son of Erlend Thorfinnsson, Earl of Orkney; related to King Olav II and King Harald II of Norway. He was raised as a pagan and lived as a pirate. Convert to Christianity, which made him unpopular in the Norwegian royal court especially when he refused to fight Christians. Earl of the Orkney Islands from 1108 to 1115. Killed during a political struggle with the pagan Norwegian elements for control of the Christian areas under his rule, and thus considered a martyr. Two sagas have been written about his life.





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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Magnus of Orkney“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 June 2020. Web. 18 June 2021. <>